Season: 2020

Rayners Lane (A)


Saturday 22nd September 2020 @ 3 pm
Buildbase FA Vase – 1st Qualifying round
Ground – 151 Rayners Ln, Harrow HA2 0XH

Admission – Adults £6, Concessions £3
Note:- Evepass Track & Trace in use

Our debut in this seasons Buildbase FA Vase was at the swanky Tithe Farm Sports & Social Club home to Rayners Lane of the Spartan South Midlands League. The very nice clubhouse was very much to the liking of the large travelling Villa support, the 3G pitch not so much to the liking of the players.

During last weeks FA Cup tie we struggled to come to terms with the variances of the artificial pitch, this week however we had no such trouble as we opened the scoring in the 1st minute. Elliott Simpson finishing off our very first attack from close in. Just the start we were looking for.

The goal settled us and we took control of the game, our hosts however were still looking dangerous with their quick breakout attacks and, it was from one of these attacks, in the 27th minute, that “The Lane” levelled the game when their No 8 headed home from a free kick.

It was starting to look as though we would go into the break on even terms when a long throw from Sam Merson wasn’t dealt with by the Rayners defence, the ball bounced loose in the box and Michael Kamara reacted first, prodding the ball home and giving us the lead at the break.

The Boss made a couple of changes during the break, Scottie Walker and Bruno Tingle replacing Sami Gagna and goal scorer Elliott Simpson.

Once again we started the half in control, and it wasn’t too long before we increased our lead through Bruno Tingle who used his height to great effect, scoring with a tremendous header. The goal seemed to deflate our opposition and when, in the 58th minute, Sam Merson scored what is becoming his customary goal, the tie was over and done with.

Rayners scored a consolation, through Jamie McKay, just before the final whistle. This was a commendable effort by The Lane, especially as this was their first competitive game of the season, and we wish them well for the upcoming season.

Villa lineup:- Terry Buss, Guy Ajsah-Palmer, Bryant Akono-Bilongo, Michael Kamara (Goal 41), Sharife Njie, Jamie Thoroughgood, Brandon Brazey, Samra Gagan, Sam Merson (Goal 58) Elliott Simpson (Goal 1), Meshach Williams

Subs:- Ben Merson (⇑60 for Sam Merson), Scott Walker (⇑45 for Samra Gagna), Sid Dack, Bruno Tingle (⇑45 for Elliott Simpson – Goal 52), Louis Taylor


Southall (A)


Saturday 15th September 2020 @ 7450 pm
Combined Counties Premier Division
Ground – Ashford Town FC, Robert Parker Stadium, Short Ln, Stanwell TW19 7BH

Admission  £8 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free

Sam Merson

Sam Merson’s 2nd hatrick in consecutive league games, and an all round excellent team performance, saw us win a very hard fought game against one this seasons fancied teams.

Southall have been one of the leagues better sides and this year have made an investment into a push for promotion. With a side full of big strong players it quickly became obvious that intimidation was going to be one of their tactics in a highly competivive first half. As usual this particular tactic didn’t work against our side and the boys gave as good as they got as the two sides swapped attack for attack.

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when a weak corner was cleared back to the corner taker. This time delivery was much better and his firmly struck low ball into the area alluded everyone and nestled into the corner of the net. This goal, despite plenty of enterprising play from both sides, proved to be the only goal of the half. 1 nil to “The All” at the break.

The 2nd half saw our boys come out on the front foot in search of the equaliser. Brandon Brazey, who had an amazing game all round, and Sam Merson had caused the Southall defense problems most of the evening and our early 2nd half pressure started to produce chances.

In the 51st minute a corner Sam Merson was first to the ball and he gave the keeper no chance. 1 all, and deserved equaliser. 10 minutes later a repeat of the scenario meant that Sam had his 2nd of the game and we were in the lead.

Our tails were really up now. The introduction of Mesach Williams meant an injection of pace down our right side, stretching the Southall defence even further, and producing almost instant results as the exceptional Brandon Brazey fired home a much deserved goal for our 3rd in the 69th minute.

The 3rd goal took all the fight out of our hosts and it was no surprise when, in the 85th minute, Sammy Gagan won the ball in midfield and slipped a lovely ball through for Merse to complete his 2nd hat trick in as many league games.

A hard fought and deserved victory, much celebrated by the Villains supporters who were once again present in good numbers. Onto the FA Vase Saturday.

Villa lineup:- Terry Buss, Guy Ajsah-Palmer, Bryant Akono-Bilongo, Micheal Kamara, Declan Skura, Jamie Thoroughgood, Brandon Brazey (69), Samra Gagan, Sam Merson (51,62,85) Elliott Simpson, Tauren McDonald-Roberts

Subs:- Liam Garlinge, Scott Walker, Sid Dack (⇑70 for Elliott Simpson), Meshach Williams (⇑65 for Tauren McDonald), Louis Taylor (⇑85 for Samra Gagan)




Steyning Town (A)


Saturday 12th September 2020 @ 3.00 pm
Emirates FA Cup – Preliminary Round
Ground – Steyning Town, Birchwood Ground, Shooting Field, Steyning, W Sussex, BN44 3RX

Admission  £6 Adults, £3 Concessions & Under 16’s free

Full Name:- Steyning Town Community Football Club
Nickname:- The Reds / Town / Barrowmen
Founded:- 1892
League:- Southern Combination Premier Division
Colours:- Red & white/Red/Red

Steyning Town Community Football Club is accredited with the  FA Standard Charter. It has been awarded Sussex FA Community Club of the Year for 2015 and 2016. It is run by volunteers and continues to strive for exceptional standards.

One of the longest running Football Clubs in Sussex, the club was formed in 1892 and has a rich and successful history with the First Team getting promoted and winning the divisional cup whilst the Reserve Team won the WSFL Division League all in 2018/19. The 1st team currently play in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division. The club runs over 20 teams and it has a state of the art floodlit 3G pitch at The Birchwood Ground, Shooting Field, Steyning.

Progression to the Preliminary round was due to a hard fought 2 nil victory over K Sports, who play in the same league as our extra preliminary opponents Lordswood.


Colliers Wood Utd (A)


Wednesday 9th September 2020 @ 7.30pm
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4

This fixture usually takes place deep in the winter months so it will be a pleasant change to travel down the A3 early in the season.  It will also be nice to meet up with some ex-villains. Managed by Adam Willis, last season, Woods also counted Tom Dillers, Jermaine Queensborough and Jack Buckle in their side.

This fixture last season finished all square at 2 goals each. Unfortunately the reverse fixture fell foul of the early abandonment of the season.


Knaphill (H)

Hanworth Villa v Knaphill

Saturday 5th September 2020 @ 3pm
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier
Rectory Meadow, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN

Entry £7 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free

Sam Merson

The opening game of the shiny new season ended all square following another man of the match performance by the opposition goalkeeper and some determined defending by his team mates.

Right from the kick off it looked as though we were carrying our pre season form into the new league campaign. We were seeing a lot of the ball and some neat passing produced enough first half chances for us to put the game to bed. Unfortunately for us Kennedy in the Knappers goal was up to the task, producing more than a handful of saves to thwart our forward line and, with his team mates playing with gritty determination, we had to be content with going into the break goalless and level.

For these socially distanced times there was a decent number of spectators and the Villains among them were hoping that the half time talking too would make our boys adjust their sights and start to take the chances created. The break also gave the Knaphill management team an opportunity to rally their boys and, although we still had the majority of the ball, the second half was a tighter affair.

Although the chances were fewer than in the first half we were still looking like the team most likely to score and a penalty awarded in the 60th minute for a foul on Sam Merson (pictured) gave us the chance to take the lead. Sam, who hit he post from the spot in the previous game, elected to take the kick himself and calmly rolled the ball into the bottom left corner. At last a goal, keep playing and we could have an opening day win for the first time in a while.

Wasn’t to be though. Knaphill had been dogged in defense all game and although their attacking opportunities  had been limited they made the most of a chance in the 74th minute when blocked shot fell to Lambe who tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

End of the game we were disappointed not to have taken all 3 points but thats what happens if you fail to convert as many chances as we did. Lets hope our finishing improves before Wednesday when we travel to Colliers Wood. Good luck to Knaphill for the new season.





Lordswood (A)


Tuesday 1st September 2020 @ 7.45 pm
Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Entry £8 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s £1

2 goals from Brandon Braxey and a 3rd from Meshack Williams saw us safely through against a stubborn Lordswood side from the Premier Division of the Southern Counties East Football League.

We actually played good football throughout but some lax defending allowed our hosts to score twice to make the game much tighter than it should have been. The main reason we never won more comprehensibly was the young Chipping the Lords goal keeper who had an excellent game, making at least six crucial saves to keep the game close.

Chipping thwarted Sam Merson early on with a one handed save but there wasn’t anything he could do about Brandon’s 1st goal, in the 10th minute,  which he fired home from the edge of the area, following some nice setup play by his fellow forwards.

Our lead never lasted long. Almost straight from the re-start we were caught napping and a speculative shot from the Lords forward got a slight deflection which was enough to take it over our Lords head and tuck just beneath the bar to level.

Despite almost constant pressure, and constant saves by Chipping, we had to wait until just before the break before Brandon restored our lead, this time tapping home after a nice setup by Sam Merson. 1 – 2 at the break, and a deserved lead.

Within a minute of the restart we scored the goal that should have made the tie comfortable. Sam Merson played his part again, this time he hit the post and Meshach Williams pounced to fire home the rebound.

To their credit Lordswood wouldn’t lie down and in the 60th minute they scored a second to keep themselves in the tie. Once again we were guilty of some lazy defending when a cross wasn’t dealt with and Hicham Akhazzan scored from 8 yards. A tie that should have been dead and buried was very much alive.

The remainder of the game was tense for the watching Villains. We were having the majority of the ball, creating chances but not scoring and all the time the occasional attack from the hosts looked like producing an equaliser. In the 90th minute we were awarded a penalty. Surely this was the time for Sam to lay our nerves to rest! Nope it wasn’t to be as his fiercely hit shot smashed against the post he hadn’t already hit and bounced out to safety.

Thankfully the final whistle wasn’t long coming. Well done boys. A trip to Steyning Town next up on the 12th September.


Hampton & Richmond Boro (H)


Woking (H)